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*committees in development

Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council assists the Pastor in leading the parish in discernment and expression of its mission.  In communication and cooperation with parish staff, finance council, parish organizations and committees, and all parishioners, the Council focuses the vision of the parish on the essential elements of parish life.  Interested parishioners are encouraged to contact:  Michael Weber 812-987-6140

Spiritual Life Commission

Music Ministry

St. Mary’s weekend liturgies offer varied opportunities for those interested in being part of our music ministry at St. Mary’s weekend liturgies.  Music at Saturday evening service is usually led by a cantor accompanied by the organ.  Sunday service at 10:00 am is led by the choir; individuals of all ages and various instruments.  Practice on Monday evenings 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Contact:  Choir Director: Erica Pangburn

Liturgical Ministries:

Contacts:  4:00pm Mass – Wanda Case (812-948-8252)
10:00am Mass – Sherry Fraze (502-558-4923)

 Altar Servers

Serve during Mass for weekend services assisting the Celebrant with liturgical celebrations, as well as weddings, funerals, the way of the cross and other celebrations. The minimum age requirement for servers is 5th grade. Server training is required if new to the position and is conducted on periodic basis.

Gift Bearers

Carry up the bread and wine to the altar at the Offertory during Mass.

Greeters

Greeters welcome those attending services at St. Mary’s.  Arrive at assigned door one half-hour before the liturgy begins, greet individuals as they arrive and welcome them to St. Mary’s.  Return to assigned door at the end of the Mass to thank people for coming and distribute bulletins.

Lectors/Readers

Read the first and second scripture readings and lead Prayers of the Faithful at Masses.  Requires volunteers to prepare ahead of time and to speak clearly and distinctly in front of the community.

Sacristans

Assist in preparations for Mass and check that liturgical ministries are covered for the Mass.

Ushers

Assist individuals when they arrive for Mass, take up the collection before the Offertory, and assist during the communion procession.  Ushers are typically on a 3-month rotation, assigned to every third month.  Young adults and adults are eligible to usher.

Faith Formation and Youth Commission

Catholic Faith Formation

Provides religious education to parish children beginning in Pre-School through 8th Grade. Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation and Youth RCIA.  Various activities occur most Wednesdays from August through April. CFF also conducts Vacation Bible School.
Contact:  Katie Brewer 812-944-0417 x21

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

The RCIA prepares adults who have indicated a desire to become Catholic through catechesis and witness.  Parishioners interested in becoming a sponsor are encouraged to contact the parish office.
Contact:   Fr. Tom 812-944-0417

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Group strives to bring the words of Jesus to children ages preschool thru 2nd grade during the 10:00 AM service on Sundays.  Children leave church at the beginning of the Mass, are grouped for their own Liturgy of the Word, and return to church during the Offertory.  Interested parishioners need to be willing to share your faith with children.
Contact: Ginny Dean 812-945-3427

Youth Ministry

Provides spiritual, social, and community service opportunities for our adolescents in grades 6 through high school.  Adolescents are the future of our Church and need proper guidance and teaching.  The Youth Ministry has two leadership teams: a Junior High and a Senior High activity team.  These groups meet four times per year to plan youth events.  Other youth events happen in the Deanery and Archdiocese too.  Volunteers are needed to chaperone for dances and retreats, lead Bible Study sessions, provide transportation, organize events, and coach sports teams.
Contact: (Coordinator needed)

Finance Commission

Finance Committee 

This committee meets monthly to support the pastor in stewardship planning and budgeting needs for the parish and school financial planning in order to support the mission of the church.  This committee assists the pastor in setting the annual parish budget and monitoring parish income and expenses throughout the year. Members are appointed by the pastor.

Festival Committee

Contact: Parish 812-944-0417

Building & Grounds Committee

This committee provides maintenance and upkeep to parish facilities and landscaping of grounds.
Contact: Parish Office 812-944-0417 or George Ott 812-945-1317  

Christian Services/Social Concerns Commission

 Bereavement Committee

This committee facilitates bereavement luncheons following funeral masses for parishioners.  Volunteers provide vegetables, salads, and desserts for luncheons on a rotating basis.  Volunteer teams also serve the meals.
Contact: Parish Office 812-944-0417 or Joan Schueler 812-945-8336

Church Bus

This group provides transportation for the 9:00am Sunday Mass for parishioners who live in the New Albany area and have no other transportation.  Driving responsibilities are shared on a rotating basis.  D0ependable, courteous, and thoughtful drivers are needed for this ministry.
Contact:  Bill Medlock 812-949-0290

Legion of Mary

Members serve a spiritual ministry through visits to hospitals, nursing and retirement homes and shut-ins.  Members say the Rosary at funeral homes when requested.  The object is the glory of God through development of holiness of the members; to serve others by Mary’s example to bring them to Jesus.  The Legion of Mary meets and conducts assignments weekly.
Contact:  Vicki Knable 502-592-9455

Prayer Line

Parishioners who daily pray for requests received.  Requests are communicated by email or a phone-call system when they are received.
Contact: Wanda Case 812-948-8252

Pro-Life Committee

Members represent the parish on the issue of respect for all life; contact local and national government officials on the importance of respect for life in all legislation.  They strive to keep parishioners informed of upcoming legislation that may challenge respect for life.
Contact:  Julie Schindler-Withers 1-812-969-3112

Social Justice Committee

This group coordinates activities that promote a Christian response to justice issues i.e., Interfaith Community Council Food Drive, Advent Tree, Red Cross Blood Drive, etc.
Contact:

St. Vincent DePaul Society

This organization provides assistance to those in need, depending on their hardship.  Various forms of assistance are given including helping with utilities, and acquiring needed clothes or furniture, etc.  Volunteers act as a helping hand to the community.
Contact: Parish Office 812-944-0417

Parish & Family Life Commission

Altar Society

The Altar Society is an organization for all women of the parish over age 18.  This organization is social in nature meeting the third Tuesday of each month (September through June) at 6:30pm.  Through their various fundraisers they provide supplies needed for church celebrations, such as the bread & wine, vestments, candles, etc. Contact: Parish Office 812-944-0417

Men’s Club

Members volunteer their time and talent to help with maintenance of St. Mary’s property, buildings, and shrine.  They collect dues to defray costs and to fund an annual scholarship.  The group meets on the third Monday each month (September thru June).  All men of the parish over age 18 are welcome.
Contact:  Bill Medlock 502-807-2705

Welcome Committee

Participants welcome new members to our parish with outreach and support activities.  They organize occasional welcoming receptions/meals.  Volunteers are also needed to staff the Welcome Table at the Spring St. entrance of church before and after Masses.
Contact:  Carol Waterhouse 812-944-2998

Volunteers

Parishioners volunteer time in the parish office to answer the phone, greet guests, database entry, cleaning church and offices, etc.
Contact:  Ruth Houghton 812-944-0417